Maya Vegetarian has long been touted by my girlfriend to be her favourite Indian restaurant in Sydney. Naturally, I was keen to try it. So to celebrate her birthday, we decided to make the trek out there to sample some of their items.
It’s interesting to note that there’s no set seating at Maya; when you order, you get a number and it’s a bit of a free-for-all when it comes to picking a table.
A must-have for me whenever I visit an Indian restaurant is Samosa Chaat. I love the large crispy potato samosas generously topped with tangy yoghurt. On the side, I got mango sauce and coriander sauce which added many more layers of flavour to the dish.
Immediately, I noticed that this samosa chaat came with many more toppings than I’m used to. There was cabbage, onion, coriander and crunchy noodles topping the dish, creating a delightful array of colours. This was a solid start to the meal and made me keen for more.
Dosa is a very familiar dish to me, having worked at Malabar South Indian Restaurant in the past. We ordered the Masala Dosa to compare to Malabar’s and immediately a couple of things were clear; this dosa was a fair bit larger and had much more potato filling in it. Feeling the pancake, I was very surprised with the texture of it; usually you get very floppy or very crispy dosa. Maya has found the perfect medium; crispy enough so it holds its shape but soft enough to tear well. The dosa came with coconut chutney, sambar (lentil and vegetable stew) and a tomato based sauce. This was quite possibly the best dosa I’ve ever had!
Soon after, the Vegetarian Sizzler Plate came out with a side of Naan and mint sauce. This was a very theatrical dish that reminded me of the Chinese sizzling hotplate dishes. This sizzling hotplate came with cubes of paneer, a slice of zucchini, a potato samosa and a sesame potato roll. These ingredients came on a bed of sliced carrot and red onion that caramelised deliciously.
The naan was the perfect way to wrap up the pieces of paneer that I broke off. I was sure to grab a bit of the caramelised onion and carrot with it too. Dipped in the mint sauce, every bite was bursting with flavour!
For our shared main course, we ordered Tandoori Aloo Kulcha which is a flatbread stuffed with a spiced potato mix. This dish is a favourite of my girlfriend’s and when I bit into it, I could see why! The bread was light and fluffy while the lightly spiced potato filling provided a lot of the flavour. After dipping the kulcha in either the lime pickle or mint sauce provided, I experienced a whole new level of flavour.
To help wash all this heavy but delicious food down, I ordered a regular sized Sweet Lassi. I prefer the sweet variant to mango lassi as I enjoy the interplay between sweet and sour that the mango tends to overpower. This drink was a little on the sweet side, just the way I like it!
Maya Vegetarian is a great place to try authentic, no-fuss Indian street food and cheap eats. The lack of curry and rice did catch me a little off-guard but I enjoyed exploring a side of Indian food that I haven’t had a chance to see before. We also took some sweets home for dessert from their incredible selection. As expected, they were delicious and incredibly sweet!
I highly recommend checking them out if you want to try one of the most authentic Indian restaurants in Sydney. Happy Birthday, Ms. Tum Tum!
Cost: $48.50 not incl. dessert
Payment: Cash only